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Funding secured to plan Leduc interchange

By ReNew Canada 10:07AM June 09, 2017

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The Government of Alberta is partnering with the City of Leduc and the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) to fund design work for a new Leduc interchange.

The interchange, at 65 Avenue and the QEII highway, is the next step in connecting industrial development south of Leduc’s 65 Avenue with the EIA’s Perimeter Road.

The province, the City of Leduc and the EIA are each contributing $1.2 million for the detailed design work. The interchange would help reduce congestion on this busy part of the QEII, while providing a major new connection to developments in Leduc, and at the EIA.

“We have been working very closely with the Edmonton International Airport and the provincial government to move the 65 Avenue/QEII interchange project forward,” said Greg Krischke, mayor of Leduc. “Detailed design is one of the last steps before construction. This interchange will unlock further economic opportunities both on and around the airport.”

Leduc is part of one of the fastest growing regions in Alberta. The proposed interchange would support this growth by helping reduce traffic entering the QEII at both Highway 39 and Airport Road by providing an alternate route to the west end of Leduc.

Detailed engineering design is required to better estimate the total costs and project timelines. Completing this work in advance enables projects to be considered for potential provincial and federal funding.

Work to select an engineering consultant is underway. Once a consultant is selected, detailed design is expected to take at least two years. The Alberta government, EIA and City of Leduc previously cost-shared on the $412,000 planning study for this project.

Construction of this interchange is not currently on the Three-Year Provincial Construction Program. It will be considered for construction based on provincial priorities and available funding.

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